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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:18 pm 
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Been using a 30" Beretta 694 with an adjustable comb for the last few months. I traded my 692 for it and have never looked back (just didnt like a couple things with the 692). In my very biased opinion, its the best NEW gun you can buy for the $4K I paid for it. Trigger is great, palm swell fits my hand perfectly, balance is good, and the wood on it was stunning but I think I got lucky with this.

Im quite a small guy at 5'6", so I went for a 30" rather than a 32". Going up to the DT-11 made the grip too girthy for myself, so back to the 694 for me. Looked at the CG Invitcus, 725 Pro-Sport, Blazer F16 and a couple SKBs prior to buying the 694. Definitiely am a Beretta guy, so not surprised I went with the 694. My dad hates it, but he is a Browning guy so I didnt expect him to like it. What I'm trying to say is the same as most other people here, try before you buy, and there isn't much you can go wrong in the mid-level for sporting guns. Everyone has their own opinions, and their own biases as well. But the info in this thread was exactly what I would tell ya to do.




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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 4:13 am 
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Thank you. I'm hoping to find someone local that has a 694. I'm getting itchy and want to make a purchase but would still want to shoot one first.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 7:23 am 
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My objection to a 694, as others have noted, is that (for me) it is a little light for a dedicated sporting gun.

If you can find one, a nice clean used DT10 can be had for about the same money as a new 694. You will retain the Beretta "feel," and you will have a whole lot more gun for similar investment. Enjoy the search.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 7:33 am 
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mwr01 wrote:
694, as others have noted, is that (for me) it is a little light for a dedicated sporting gun.


I haven't looked but what kind of weight are they advertising?

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 7:50 am 
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Jerry, I don't know what they advertise.

Went to Michael Murphy's (local gun dealer big in Beretta) to test drive a 694, Marc said that the ones he had weighed were around 7#12-13 oz. So, 694 is not field gun light, but substantially less than the 8#6 or so that is typical of DT10. And, again purely personal, I prefer the balance and swing dynamics of the DT10 to those of the 694.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:10 am 
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mwr01 wrote:
Jerry, I don't know what they advertise.

Went to Michael Murphy's (local gun dealer big in Beretta) to test drive a 694, Marc said that the ones he had weighed were around 7#12-13 oz. So, 694 is not field gun light, but substantially less than the 8#6 or so that is typical of DT10. And, again purely personal, I prefer the balance and swing dynamics of the DT10 to those of the 694.


That is a tad light, I've been shooting a DT-11 Black for a couple of years and love it :) So my looking for anything else is over :D Mine is 8.6 as it came from the factory,I played around some with the stock/Bbl weights that came with it and went back to how the factory had it set up and balanced.

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:53 am 
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You are fortunate. I cannot seem to resist the temptation to look, touch, and test.

As a past Senator from Texas commented, "Do I have all of the shotguns that I need? Yes. Do I have all of the shotguns that I want? Certainly not."


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:28 pm 
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Mine is exactly 8.6 on a ups scale or 8lbs 9ozs. I have all weights in the stock and it’s a 32”. Plenty of weight for sporting clays.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 4:43 pm 
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crc419 wrote:
Mine is exactly 8.6 on a ups scale or 8lbs 9ozs. I have all weights in the stock and it’s a 32”. Plenty of weight for sporting clays.

Just shoot me. 8 lb flat is more than enough weight for Sporting Clays. Fatigue from recoil can be an issue, but so can fatigue from weight. Use a sensible shot load and velocity and you can avoid weights like that without sacrificing anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 6:58 pm 
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Yup. Properly balanced weight is key. SO5 is well over 9lbs (9.2lbs) and feels no heavier then My 694 and has minimal recoil and can shoot it all day.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2020 6:42 am 
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I have been given different weights when asking a dealer. Etchen weighed one for me and it was 8 lbs 10 oz. Some have been in the high 7 lb range. This would be my first clay specific gun. I am thinking a little over 8 lbs would be good. You can always add some weights.

I have seen some guns for sale that have a picture of the label from the box. The weight is listed in grams. Does anybody know if these weights are accurate from the factory?


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:37 am 
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Particularly when you adopt a low mount approach and suspend the gun lengthwise out in front of you while waiting for the target as is popular now, every ounce matters. The torque stress on your lower back can be extreme with the weight suspended out front like that. Twenty year olds may not care, but add fifty to that and it can be a problem. I say use the lightest gun that doesn’t beat you up with recoil.

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2020 7:51 am 
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Dealers should have a scale to check against the factory claim of grams, Beretta gallery weighed mine it was spot on with my scale.

I happen to shoot low gun, am in my 50s. To each his own, I prefer to stay in shape, when the day comes that I can’t swing a 9 lb gun for 100 targets, it’s time for chess! I have always been taught More weight = less recoil with the proper shotgun.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:07 am 
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crc419 wrote:
Dealers should have a scale to check against the factory claim of grams, Beretta gallery weighed mine it was spot on with my scale.

I happen to shoot low gun, am in my 50s. To each his own, I prefer to stay in shape, when the day comes that I can’t swing a 9 lb gun for 100 targets, it’s time for chess! I have always been taught More weight = less recoil with the proper shotgun.

Except I shoot 200. And have a bad back. As so much else I shooting, YMMV

Break ‘em all.

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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:32 pm 
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mwr01 wrote:
Jerry, I don't know what they advertise.

Went to Michael Murphy's (local gun dealer big in Beretta) to test drive a 694, Marc said that the ones he had weighed were around 7#12-13 oz. So, 694 is not field gun light, but substantially less than the 8#6 or so that is typical of DT10. And, again purely personal, I prefer the balance and swing dynamics of the DT10 to those of the 694.


After looking at several 694's for sale I have an update on the weights that I have been seeing. Beretta includes the weight of each gun in grams on a label with the gun. Here are some weights I have seen posted in a gunbroker ad or have asked sellers to send me pictures of. These are all 32 inch B-fast 694's.

3848 g = 8 lbs 8 oz
3967 g = 8 lbs 12 oz
3909 g = 8 lbs 10 oz
3825 g = 8 lbs 7 oz

The Gun Shop YouTube channel said theirs was 7 lbs 10.5 oz. Lloyd P's YouTube channel said his was 8 lb 6 oz.

I just wanted to throw this out there so anyone coming to read this in the future had some data.


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:12 am 
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I just weighed by 694 32" Sporting - 8lbs 6oz


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 Post subject: Re: Beretta 694 help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:38 pm 
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sturley187 wrote:
I just weighed by 694 32" Sporting - 8lbs 6oz


Mine weights the same. 32" Sporting with the weights in and adjustable comb.



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